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Today, 94% of recruiters see LinkedIn as the best place to vet candidates.
LinkedIn requires careful strategy, continuous learning, optimism & patience
Profile face-lifts / Crafty techniques
Writing about yourself can be tricky. Ask yourself the right questions to create a compelling brand to
your résumé, social media, interviews, etc.
Interviewing / Networking / Introspection
of your brand is important. 56% of hiring managers are most impressed by personal websites rather than résumés, but 93% of job seekers don’t have one.
Photography / Personal websites
Customers like brands they can trust.
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Cody | Empowerer
relentlessly optimistic strategic thinker / frequent question-asker fueled by an extreme curiosity of life / continuous musings (and of course we can discuss them) / fashion enthusiast, especially J Crew and SuperDry / believer in the transformative power of actively listening to others / ---------- Every human being alive has their own diverse set of core strengths. The journey...the trick...is finding them. learning how to use them. ---------- 4 years with Deloitte Consulting // most recently was on executive team of startup that orchestrated corporate culture transformations by providing life/relationship coaching to everyone as an employee benefit // founded my first company from my parents garage when I was 16 with 7 employees // ---------- I often dream that I was born into a formula 1 driving childhood and now race in the Grand Prix. ---------- "You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist." ~ Friedrich Nietzsche [LinkedIn] [Twitter] [Email]
Oscar | Photo-empowerer
unwaveringly positive presence of mind / devotee to the constant examination of one's purpose and improvement / infatuated with micro-expressions, body language and it’s compelling nature / lover of The 4 B’s America gave the World: Bourbon, Blues, Baseball, and BBQ / ---------- Everyone has a captivating portrait that tells their story. My aim: to extract, evoke, and capture. ---------- 5 years with the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group // entrusted with the role of exceeding the 3-star Michelin expectations to over 100,000 guests through trust-building // vacation alone for the sole reason of observing the human condition // ---------- Still awaiting the day for the New York Yankees to call me and be the club photojournalist. ---------- "I've photographed just about everyone in the world. But what I hope to do is photograph people of accomplishment, not celebrity, and help define the difference once again.” ~ Richard Avedon
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The team is growing!
Let us know if YOU think you could help us make a difference! Tell us about you.
The Compelling Headshot
by Oscar Let's keep taking photos until many pass one simple test:
Do we believe you?
We only keep the photos that show your genuine and real self!
You want to be a LinkedIn rockstar... No problem :) LinkedIn is an extraordinarily valuable career tool. Understand the features that can help you most... Be sure your profile tells the most compelling story possible.
Let's talk about YOUR LinkedIn situation.
Looking to pack a little more punch during your interviews? We'll do a quick mock interview and then discuss how hiring managers perceive your interview style and explore new ways to KNOCK their socks OFF! Schedule chat.
Tell a strong story, slim down the jargon, and talk about your REAL strengths…. A compelling résumé requires much iteration, patience, and coaching. It's the door-opener - so better make it rockstar. Designed to take the stigma out of résumé building. We will polish your résumé together in real-time via Google hangout. Schedule chat.
The most important element to a successful job search is great introspection. Looking inward to understand your key personality strengths lays the foundation for your journey to tell the most compelling story of your value. We'll explore the facets of your core strengths and then craft the story your successful brand will follow.
Social media booster
When someone googles you, what will they see? Will the fragments of information they collect from Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Foursquare, AngelList and countless others tell the RIGHT story? Opting-out of actively using these networks is no longer an effective strategy either. Let's explore how you're currently using social media platforms and which would be most powerful for your voice. Then, strategize how you can use the networks in harmony to seize your goals! Schedule chat.
Everyone around you is a person just like you… with their own joys, misfortunes, and wonderful strengths. We will talk about your strategy for managing/maintaining a network, being confident/effective at networking events, and the many misconceptions about networking in general. (AND why we dislike the word "networking")
Like what you see here on our site? Thanks! we built it :) We can create a clean, effective,
site for you too.
Your style will impact other people's perceptions of you. You want your attire to AT LEAST align with your story/brand enough to not distract from it. Ideally your style can be a tool to stengthen your brand and first impressions. We'll discuss your style via Google Hangout and go from there! Schedule chat.
A fantastic way to boost your brand!
Portfolio Schedule shoot.
word on the street
Lynn | Community Development
[san francisco, ca] "Cody has a way of making you feel excited and empowered... after hearing him talk about the value of truly understanding LinkedIn, I decided to start bulding a profile! Cody's coaching style made it easy to understand how to actually start using LinkedIn for impact. Which has proven quite valubale to me - connecting me to great connections and opportunities. Thanks!"
Michelle | Sr. Financial Analyst
[bartlesville, ok] "I met Cody at a pivotal point in my professional life. I was dissatisfied with the way things were going, but I was unsure what to do about it. Cody took a personal interest in my story and invested himself in helping me rediscover what was important to me and redefine my priorities. Cody’s positive outreach lead me to a change in employment and brighter outlook for the future."
Danny | Sr. Consultant, Intellectual property
[santa clara, ca] "Cody opened my eyes to the world of perception. He encouraged me to take a step back and reflect upon how others perceive me in both the physical and virtual worlds. Cody helped me tailor my LinkedIn profile by thinking about what I wanted to communicate. Specifically he taught me how to revamp the "Skills & Expertise" section by highlighting particular attributes and reaching out to my network for endorsements. Thank you Cody!"
Michael | Sr. Manager, Business strategy
[san francisco, ca] First, taking head shots is really weird. You feel self-conscious, there's all these lights and you have to make faces you don't usually make. Oscar, though, makes you feel really comfortable, gets you talking and the time flew by. I had a great time at the photo shoot. Most importantly, the shots he captured are fantastic. There were so many good ones to choose from. Especially if you're looking for corporate head shots, Oscar will bring out the real you, not some bland, stuffed shirt facsimile. And, on top of it, he turned around the retouching very quickly. I would highly recommend Oscar for any head shot photography - or any other shoots. He makes the session fun, he gets great shots and he's very professional.
Evan | Senior Consultant (healthcare)
[san jose, ca] "When changing careers, I really wanted to start fresh and ensure that my outer appearance truly reflected my professional expertise. Considering the bulk of my clothing was Kirkland brand (Costco), I knew that I needed help. Cody was very understanding of my personal preferences during our shopping day and provided me with a very defined set of guidelines to find the right attire that vastly improved my image. I’ve been reassured by Cody’s professional fashion advice through continued compliments from colleagues and clients on my appearance."
Matt | Sustainability consultant
[campbell, ca] "I’ve had the great fortune of having Cody as an advisor during my job search. He’s a talented strategist with an emotional intelligence that is off the charts. Cody helped me revamp my resume, align my messaging to my strengths, and build an authentic brand. The job search/interview process can be a bit of a grind but Cody’s mindset coaching inspired and re-energized me. I’m incredibly grateful to have Cody in my corner."
Sonali | Sr. Consultant, business strategy
[toronto, canada] "I got to know Cody when we worked together on an intense week long project. Despite the tight timelines of our project, Cody took the time to get to know each member of our team personally and understand their strengths and development goals. The dialogue he built with each team member was crucial to helping us build a strong and cohesive team culture. He empowered the team in this perfect way that just exposed each individual's best strengths! By the end of the week we had built a product we were all proud of and the judges were extremely impressed by our final presentation!"
Joseph | Process improvement Manager
[boston, ma] "Working with Cody was a life changing experience. Through our many positive chats, we strategized how to approach and energize my career. My LinkedIn profile is now polished and organized to portray my talents to potential contacts. "My real voice", Cody would call it. I can now observe and appreciate the value of working with an expert to build a sustainable and successful career."
James | Sales Manager (healthcare)
[boston, ma] "Cody is naturally motivating and a great listener. He makes it easy and comfortable to think about yourself, in terms of your passions, strengths, and professional/personal goals. Through that discovery phase of guided inner reflection, Cody was able to not only bring to surface things I needed to promote to others about who I am and what I can offer, but helped me learn better how to utilize social media tools to communicate that message. We worked fervently for a five hours straight on LinkedIn design, twitter, and other new sites that foster collaboration and networking (such as start up sites where executives communicate on best practices). After his consultation and support, I have a clear roadmap on how to better use the tools available to me to communicate and build personal branding."
Ryan | Crosby MBA (venture capital)
[columbia, mo] "Cody's advice and guidance has put me on a much more satisfying career trajectory than I was on before. His encouragement and compassion was one of the most significant influencers for me deciding to pursue my MBA at a school aligned to my personality. Through our many valuable conversations, I became actually motivated to go after a better career that would lead me to personal fulfillment and better compensation. On top of that, Cody provided fantastic advice on my new career path that has led me to work with a local economic development program and assist in the development and engineering of a revolving loan program to provide micro loans to local entrepreneurs. He is quite resourceful. With Cody's advice on networking, I am now making headway into local venture capital funds in regions where I see myself building a future. Because of Cody's coaching, I now feel more confident about where my career is heading and my prospects upon graduation - just an all around more enjoyable life now! Thanks Cody!"
Orla | Architect
[mill valley, ca] Oscar is a terrific choice for brand photography. He is a personable, inventive and detail oriented photographer.
Kevin | Procurement Consultant
[houston, tx] “I joined an ex-client in the O&G world after spending 3 years in Management Consulting and in 1 month I knew this was not a long term role for me. I approached Cody (we became close and fast friends after working together previously on a M&A project) during my “quarter-life crisis” trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do for the rest of my life; do I continue chasing the money or am I looking to make a difference? I valued both Cody’s insight and experience in the start-up/tech realm and envied the business culture so I approached him for his advice, guidance and recommendation. He asked me simple questions that I had not thought about; What am I looking for? What makes me happy? What kind of product or environment increases my productivity and effectiveness? While working full time, Cody compiled a list of startups that would be a great fit for my personality and included a potential point of contact that he knew to provide a network on my behalf. Cody is positive and persistent beyond belief and I could not imagine anyone better to help me during my time of transition.”
Kelly | MBA Candidate
[lake tahoe, ca] "Cody was a tremendous help in taking a very rough conceptual business idea and turning it into a product worthy of a business plan competition. If it weren’t for him I would not have placed second, or felt confident enough in my idea to present it. He is an invaluable resource, mentor, and friend with a knack for creativity and innovation."
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